My sad story
In the much maligned post-CS3 smart guides, there are some known problems. This Adobe forums thread is a good example. That was all very helpful but my problem is a little different.
I primarily use the
Construction Guides feature and I often enter some odd ball numbers that I've derived from one geometry or another (like the example here). A very basic example is if I want to use 30° angles, like so:
Notice that I turn those pesky
Alignment Guides off -- it's a matter of preference. In the new system (post-CS3), I have to hold command to make my
Construction Guides show up. Dumb UX, but I'm a big boy, I can handle it.
My trouble is, the angles don't always show up. In fact, when this happens I'm often completely unable to revive them without a restart of Illy. On the other hand, the alignment counterparts are always happy to turn on ... even though I don't want them.
There are other times when I do get
Construction Guides but only for 45° angles, regardless of what I change them to. They act more like their alignment counterparts but without the spastic guessing lighting up my screen.
In both cases, a restart of Illustrator usually corrects things. But this happens a lot. And those silly
Alignment Guides are always happy to pop to life.
Getting to the point
Can anyone confirm that this is a bug, or my system is messed up, or I'm just not qualified to use this fancy new software? I do so love jumping back to CS3 when I need truly Smart Guides.
I'm on Illustrator CS5 v15.1.0 running in Mac OS X 10.7.3.